Attract young research talent from abroad for a post-doctoral Marie Skłodowska Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship

(28-03-2021) Via the Marie Skłodowska Curie Postdoctoral Fellowship, ZAP members can attract an international postdoc, or Ghent University postdocs can take up a fellowship abroad. Ghent University is organizing a preparatory Master Class in May.

Ghent University professors who wish to attract a post-doctoral researcher from abroad can invite them to engage in an intensive training programme in preparation of an application to the Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme (formerly Individual Fellowships) within the Horizon Europe Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions (MSCA). Postdocs only working in Belgium since September 2020 are also eligible for a fellowship.

Postdocs who wish to go abroad are also eligible for these fellowships, but prepare their application with their Host Institution abroad. Through a European fellowship, candidates can perform research in another EU Member State or Associated Country. Through a Global Fellowship, they can work for 2 years at an institute in a Third Country, and perform their third year of research in a European institute.

On 20-21 May 2021, the Research Department is organizing a Master Class for researchers who intend to apply for a post-doctoral MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship (call MSCA-PF-2021) featuring Ghent University as the host institution, with a Ghent University ZAP member as supervisor. Ghent University postdocs wishing to go abroad can also participate in the Master Class. 

This training will increase their chances of being selected for a fellowship.

Eligibility criteria for applicants:

  • Researchers of any nationality; 
  • Applicants need to have obtained a PhD at the time of the deadline of the MSCA-PF call 2021 (15 September 2021), and have a maximum of 8 years full-time equivalent experience in research, measured from the date that the researcher was in a possession of a doctoral degree and certified by appropriate documents;
  • Applicants may not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the Host Institution for more than 12 months in the three years immediately before the call deadline.

The Master Class is open for:

  • Postdoc researchers working at Ghent University who wish to go abroad for a postdoctoral fellowship funded by MSCA;
  • Postdoc researchers from abroad who wish to apply for a postdoctoral fellowship with Ghent University as their Host Institution. 
  • Ghent University professors who wish to act as supervisor hosting a fellow and who are willing to support the two-way transfer of knowledge between the host research group and the fellow.

Programme Master Class

The training programme takes place on 20 and 21 May 2021 and focuses on various aspects of the proposal template. We will also discuss general aspects such as training, Open Access, data management, ethical issues, communication, societal impact, marketing of results, the Ghent University Postdoc Talent Management programme and HR-policy.

How to apply for the Master Class?

To participate in this training, it is important to take a number of steps:

  • First the applicant needs to find a Ghent University supervisor. This supervisor will support the research proposal and, once the project has started, integrate the fellow into the research group.
  • For Ghent University researchers who would like to engage in a post-doctoral research project abroad, can apply for the Master Class by completing the application form together with their future supervisor in the host institution.
  • Together, the supervisor and the fellow will send in an application form to the EU-office (deadline 19 April 2021) where they demonstrate the mutual knowledge transfer which will take place between the fellow and the supervisor. This is an essential condition for the successful completion of the programme.
  • The EU-team will evaluate the applications submitted and give feedback where relevant.
  • Subsequently, eligible candidates will receive an invitation to participate in the training programme.
  • On completion of the programme, the participants will receive further support from the European research advisors. In addition, they will receive a review of the research proposal.
For additional information about MSCA PF in general, the masterclass, and conditions to apply for assistance, please consult the MSCA-web page and the EU-team.